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Details show bus strike disaster was much ado about nothing

Game ball to Mike Ortega. Finally given rein to push a deal, he figured out how to settle the Sun Tran strike so both sides walked away feeling like they won something. And he did it without much long-term cost to the city. ... Read more»

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Sep 21, 2015, 2:52 pm
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We live in a world where bus drivers can command a higher wage than their perceived value because they’re unionized and have the right to strike. So what? The same people bitching can also organize and give themselves the right to strike. Or would that be ... bad?

Sun Tran drivers and mechanics help provide one of the best mass transit systems in the country and they do it with less of a public subsidy than their typical peers. Why shouldn’t they make more money? Is it because you don’t?

Well, the American worker’s productivity is helping launch record profits and just ain’t seeing the upside. Bitching about it is your God-given right. Just don’t pretend Sun Tran drivers are to blame. The tide is rising. If your boat ain’t lifting, maybe check into why.

I can’t improve on this. I’ll just state that I’m glad I’m not the only one thinking this way.

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Sep 21, 2015, 3:01 pm
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I will add something I saw during the strike that just dumbfounded me…so many web commenters expressing thoughts to the effect of “how can they do this to the riders”. I didn’t get it then, I don’t get it now. The drivers don’t owe the riders anything. The drivers show up for work, they get paid. They don’t show up, they don’t get paid. That’s it. The drivers didn’t sign contracts to show up x amount of days or swear an oath like a cop does or something. Again, the drivers don’t owe the riders anything.

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